Art

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 7; no spring admission

Requirements summary

Degrees

  • M.F.A.

Subjects

  • Creative Visual Arts (M.F.A.)

Major concentrations

  • painting
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • sculpture
  • studio art

The Master of Fine Arts program requires four terms of residence with a minimum of sixty credits; it is intended for those who want to further their education as artists. Candidates must complete eighteen credits of course work in the history of art, either as graduate or undergraduate students, and must earn at least twelve credits for academic work outside the Department of Art.

Every M.F.A. candidate must (1) prepare a written statement, (2) offer a thesis exhibition of studio work completed during residency, and (3) give an oral defense of the written statement and exhibition. The written statement may deal with the major concerns of the student's own work or with some aesthetic or historical issue in art. The oral defense of the written statement is presented at the time of the thesis exhibition.

The art facilities are housed in buildings that are open twenty-four hours a day and are located near the Fine Arts Library (about 140,000 volumes) and the university's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

There are private graduate studios located in the Centre for Graduate Studies in Art/Foundry building, a 45 x 180 foot converted building with 14 foot ceilings that includes work and critique spaces.

Print Media located in Tjaden Hall includes relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, and various photographic processes. Also includes etching presses, lithographic presses, and proof presses.

Potography located in Tjaden Hall includes processes such as black and white, color, nonsilver, and large-format.

Sculpture is located in the Foundry and includes a bronze casting facility, complete gas-and arc-welding facilities, heavy-duty ginders, a drill press, a band saw, and a variety of portable power tools.

MFA students share AAP College production facilities in Rand, Sibley and Tjaden Halls.

Michael Ashkin -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: painting; photography; printmaking; sculpture
Roberto Bertoia -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: sculpture
M. Iftikhar Dadi -- Concentrations: painting; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: painting; photography; printmaking; sculpture; studio art
Maria Fernandez -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: painting; photography; printmaking; sculpture; studio art
Renate Ferro -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: painting; photography; printmaking; sculpture; new media
Bill Gaskins (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests:
Jean Locey -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: photography
Elisabeth Meyer -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: intaglio
Carl Ostendarp -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: painting
Stephanie Owens (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: New media
Gregory Page -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: lithography
Maria Park -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: painting; photography; printmaking; sculpture
Barry Perlus -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: photography
Karen Pinkus -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: painting, photography; printmaking; sculpture; studio art
Jolene Rickard -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, new media
Willard Taft -- Concentrations: painting; photography; sculpture; printmaking; studio art; Research interests: painting

Graduate Assessment Plan

Department of Art

Fall 2011

Recent changes in the Cornell MFA Program which were made in response to both departmental assessment processes and considerations of developments in contemporary professional art practice:

  •  2009 Art department graduate faculty decision to recruit, admit, and educate its students in an inter-disciplinary art/research based orientation.
  •  Full departmental graduate faculty review and vote of MFA applicants, with graduate student body participation in an advisory capacity.
  •  Annual full graduate faculty critique of student artwork in fall semester graduate group exhibition.
  •  Recruitment of affiliate faculty from key areas of scholarship from across the university, to participate in graduate special committees.
  •  Annual New York City exhibition and catalogue publication, which is organized by the graduate student body as a method of professional engagement.

Download the complete assessment plan.